CADDtools Blog by Howard Goding
Welcome to the CADDtools blogging page. I have wanted to make a blog for some time now. This will focus on tools and tips to help current and future users of AutoCAD and ASCE 7 building code.
First a little about my background, I work for a glazing contractor preparing shop drawings of architectural aluminum storefront and curtain wall systems using the most current version of AutoCAD thanks to the Autodesk subscription program. I also prepare order and fabrication take-offs. I started drafting by hand in the mid-80s while I worked my way through community college. After many years going part time I graduated with an AAS in mechanical engineering. I have worked for two of the big architectural aluminum companies; Kawneer and YKK AP America. Being the only draftsman at my current job keeps me very busy.
MetalOpt 7.1 update
MetalOpt 7.1 has an update adding a new fab sheet for the eluCad software used on elumatec saws and programing to create the eluCad DGX native file to be used directly on their software.
MetalOpt 7 for Mac release
This is the introduction of a Mac compatible version of MetalOpt. This release includes a new recap sheet routine for both the PC and Mac versions. The Mac version of Excel 2016 must be version 15.17 or newer. Older versions of Excel for Mac are not compatible. Customers can request a Beta version of MetalOpt 6.4m which is compatible with Excel 2011 for Mac although this version has mixed reviews. The PC version of MetalOpt must be used to utilize the AutoCAD material Tag data feature and the CSV export feature due to the use of activeX programing.
CADDtools Data Exchange update
A new version of the CADDtools Data Exchange program has two additions to the program, a glazing insert routine and a table creation routine. Along with these additions there are more layer filter options to use on all of the routines. MetalOpt 6.4 includes the new layer filters.
MetalOpt 6.4 compatibility update
MetalOpt 6.4 has an update increasing the number of layers filtered from AutoCAD. This addition will accommodate a future release of the CADDtools Data Exchange. Keep a look out for the new release of the CADDtools Data Exchange.
MetalOpt 6.3 update
MetalOpt 6.3 has a minor update adding a new fab sheet for the RazorGage saw stop and programing to create RazorGage native file to be used directly on their software.
CADDtools Data Exchange VB.net version
The new version of the CADDtools Data Exchange program is released. This version utilizes the vb.net programing and eliminates the need to install the AutoCAD visual basic module. There are two versions for AutoCAD 2013 through 2015 and a version for AutoCAD 2012. Both versions work on 32 bit and 64bit AutoCAD installs. Some of the improvements include:
I have created an online version of MetalOpt for you to try. It has similar operations as the main MetalOpt optimizer. The limitations are the online version will only let you optimize up to five different lengths. You have the option to run the optimizer only to get the number of stock lengths you require or you can run the cut list routine to get your results in a list form to print and use to cut from. The main features include:
New CADDtools web site
This is the introduction of a new CADDtools website. I have been working on many projects which kept me from updating this site for quite a few years. I have updated the site to the new web site standards while keeping a minimal structure so the site will load quickly. My goal was to make the site easier to navigate and read. Please feel free to comment below, it may get included in the next blog.
Dynamic Door Blocks
As you see on the main page of the website I have created some dynamic door blocks to use in AutoCAD. These door blocks come in handy for configuring doors quickly. I have some other manufacturers I am trying to get time to work on. Hopefully in the near future I will get them posted. I no longer require an email address since it was not well received. To keep up to date with revisions made to the door blocks please include your email or check back often to see newer features.
ASCE 7-10 Wind Load calculator
This is a site I dedicated to the Salvage 1 TV series and the people who keep the memory alive: namely the Salvage 1 user group and the handful of dedicated people who have great web sites along with the people working to preserve the TV show. Since I am a CAD draftsman I used AutoCAD to create a drawing of the space craft based on the drawing in the show.
Web template thanks
I would like to take the opportunity to thank nodethirtythree design for their Zenlike 1.0 web template. Originally created by nodethirtythree design www.nodethirtythree.com I greatly modified their template to create this website.
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